For CLAN members, if you have enjoyed a particular book, please let us know by writing a review to appear on the web site and/or our newsletter. Featured below, some Book reviews received todate.
A Start in Life - The history of the William Thompson Masonic School 1922-1988
Just a short review of the book – a Start in Life! First let me say that I learned a few things about the place which I didn’t know before.
I think that, when the school opened in 1922, things probably were not as tough. (I would prefer to...
If you read no other book this year, don’t miss this one. Three infants, Phillip, Gail and Bretton were adopted by the wealthy Darrell Lea chocolates family as pets for their four ‘real’ children. From the outset the adoptees were put, and kept, firmly in their place by their new...
When Leonie Sheedy asked me to review this book it was more than a coincidence because, like the author, I was fatherless when aged six and was also born in New Zealand! This book looks at how a daughter’s life and development may be affected by the loss of a...
Fire in the Mist
Fire in the mist by Peter Scottney-Turbill is a most democratic book. The voices in the text are many and varied and the author weaved a patch work of amazing detail from 50 years that Morialta Children’s Home operated at Norton Summit in the Adelaide Hills.
Contrasting the two major voices...
This is a book about a series of scandals that occurred in children's homes over the past 30 years. It focuses on the UK but the book touches lightly on similar scandals in countries like Australia and Canada. In all these countries, the scandals have been largely ignored by the...
Freedom of Angels
With this excellent book you get two stories for the price of one. The first is Bernadette's vivid memories of life in an Irish orphanage run by the Sisters of Mercy. She was taken there at the age of seven by her mother and stayed until she was sixteen. She...
Getting the Love you want
"Getting the love we want" is a very easy read and does explain many of the reasons as to how and why we make decisions. We all have experiences as young and often as very young children, which in later years affect our decision making, "good or bad".
By:Evelyn S Bassoff
My mother abandoned six of us. My foster mother used me like a servant, emotionally and verbally abused me. So it was with some trepidation that I read “Mothering Ourselves. Help and Healing for Adult Daughters” by Evelyn S Bassoff (Plume. NY 1991). I’ve had this book for a while,...
Nightmare at Neerkol
Today we need someone courageous enough like Mr Garnett Williams to put into print so boldy and accurately, telling of the abuse in all its forms to the children unfortunate enought to fall into the hands of the Sisters of Mercy, Neerkol Orphanage, QLD. But not all nuns.
Orphans of the Living
By:Dr. Joanna Penglase
In August 2004, the members of a Senate inquiry into the experiences of children in institutional care broke down as they presented their report Forgotten Australians to parliament. In the public gallery, hundreds of ‘care leavers’ (the term used to describe people who grew up in institutional or foster care)...